THE PRESS GANG

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“The Press purportedly operated out of the Puck Building where bohemian Greenwich Village met the skanky Lower East Side, and in its pages gave every indication of being a lunatic asylum run by degenerates and drunkards of formidable intellect, unencumbered by any overriding ideology or boundaries of good taste. To my mind, the ideal alt-weekly.” – North Shore Movies, 08/26/2020

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HARD KILL

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“Another anonymous widget from the assembly line of direct-to-video thrillers during which Bruce Willis sits around sulking. He’s made more than a dozen of these in the past five years alone, here moping his way through his umpteenth single-location action picture surrounded by terrorists and unable to disguise his contempt for the material. Can’t say that I blame him.” – North Shore Movies, 08/22/2020

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TESLA

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Tesla kills biopics dead. Interrupting itself for fact-checks and inserting playful anachronisms throughout, this portrait of the perpetually thwarted 19th-century inventor implores us to think beyond facile reproductions of what the subject did and instead meditate on what Nikola Tesla means. It’s the most radical deconstruction of the genre since I’m Not There.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 08/20/2020

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AS MOVIE THEATERS REOPEN, WILL AUDIENCES RETURN?

“AMC might be talking a big game right now about their new Clorox procedures, but darn near every time I’ve been to one of their cinemas I spend half the movie in the lobby trying to tell somebody what’s wrong with the picture or sound. If they’re as serious about safety as they are about presentation, we’ll all be dead before anyone can spoil the surprise twists in Tenet.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 08/19/2020

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AN EASY GIRL

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“A work of great sumptuousness and visual sophistication. Few films in recent years have depicted class alienation so acutely, with Naïma and Sofia always on the ends of withering glares from servers and the hired help. The screenplay constantly complicates these characters’ loyalties to provocative ends. There’s nothing easy about it at all.“ – North Shore Movies, 08/18/2020

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SKIN: A HISTORY OF NUDITY IN THE MOVIES

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“Wolf’s interviews with actresses are so good you wind up wishing he’d narrowed the focus of the overcrowded film entirely onto them. From Mamie Van Doren to Shannon Elizabeth, he’s got generations of ingenues telling tales of exploitation and empowerment, and for every rightfully embittered Linda Blair there’s a proud Pam Grier.” – North Shore Movies, 08/18/2020

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CHASING THE LIGHT

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“Oliver Stone is a larger-than-life character who sees himself as a figure of modern myth. He’s often ridiculous but not entirely wrong. His compulsively readable new memoir Chasing The Light chronicles the first half of Stone’s career with the kind of gonzo grandeur and go-for-broke immediacy that defined his early films. I couldn’t put it down.” – North Shore Movies, 08/16/2020

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THE BURNT ORANGE HERESY

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The Burnt Orange Heresy is being re-released exclusively to cinemas during a global pandemic. So in other words, if you want to see this movie you’d better be cool with killing your grandma for the privilege. The film really is a smashing entertainment but I wonder, would I be so quick to recall my favorite moments while intubated? ” – North Shore Movies, 08/07/2020

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SHE DIES TOMORROW

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“It’s movie for our peculiar, frightening moment because it’s about how quickly our concept of normalcy can be ripped away, and what happens when the thoughts that usually only come out late at night start taking over during the day. Yet there’s also warmth that comes from sharing all these things that scare us so. This strange film is strangely comforting.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 08/06/2020

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YOU NEVER HAD IT: AN EVENING WITH BUKOWSKI

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“Then sixty years old and still in fighting form, his persona honed by European superstardom and all those frambunctious live readings, Bukowski lays it on deliciously thick for Bizio. Their boozy, flirty banter is hardly comprehensive and might mystify the uninitiated, but those who grew up on his slurred words will find much to treasure here.” – North Shore Movies, 08/06/2020

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